This area surrounding the Tabacalera (once a tobacco factory, the space is now dedicated to offering workshops related to photography, dance, yoga and other creative hobbies) is covered in street art, created by 25 different artists focusing on an urban nature theme. Once a year, the artists re-decorate the walls. This project is called Muros Tabacalera and it’s dedicated to bringing a new kind of awareness into the city—one that focuses on tackling issues residents face, like a lack of green spaces and pollution.
The Cebada market in La Latina has street art both outside and inside its walls, featuring the work of several different artists. The market stalls sell fresh fruit and vegetables, but many locals visit because they enjoy hanging out in the plaza surrounding the market, an activity that is especially popular on Sunday afternoons. The market exterior is quickly becoming one of the world’s biggest street art murals.
The hip neighborhood of Malasaña is filled with all sorts of quirky art. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot some intricate stencil art from Parisian graffiti artist C215. Nuria Mora and El Tono are more contemporary artists, producing geometrical art filled with color. You can find their work around Plaza Callao, off Calle Gran Via. Ze Carrion’s Banksy-esque, politically charged street art can also be found around the Malasaña area. Keep your eyes peeled for e1000’s creations too. His graffiti involves painting the iron bars that cover windows and doors.
For 15 euros, Cool Tour Spain will give you a guided tour of Madrid’s best street art so that you aren’t glued to Google Maps trying to find each particular spot. The tour includes a visit to La Neomudejar, a contemporary arts center, and walks through some of the aforementioned areas. Tours run Wednesday to Sunday at 11 am and at 5 pm, and meet near the giant baby head statues at outside of the Atocha Railway station. Each tour lasts about two and a half to three hours. Cool Tour Spain offers a way to see Madrid’s street art scene, learn about the history of some of the the projects and maybe even meet some interesting people along the way too.